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Book Blast, Interview & Giveaway: Insignificant by Kelly Lincoln @KLincolnWrites @sparklebooktour

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Insignificant - The Goldenrod Series  #1
by Kelly Lincoln
 
Audience: New Adult 18+ - Genre: Romantic Suspense  - Format: E-book and Paperback - Publisher: Kelly Lincoln - Cover by: Najla Qamber Designs. Cover photo by Lindee Robinson Photography - Editor: Editing 4 Indies - Date Published: 6/10/15
 
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When Taylor was four years old, she became an orphan and her childhood spiraled into darkness. She spent years lying, hiding, and avoiding any love offered to her until she was old enough to run away from all the threats of her past.
Now twenty-two, Taylor doesn’t think she’s worth more than being the kind of girl a guy hooks up with in the back room of a bar after her band plays. She definitely isn’t the one you bring home to meet Mom and Dad.
An unlikely rescue puts her in Ethan’s sight. He’s her total opposite, though. Ethan is a sexy dork who sees beyond Taylor’s guarded exterior. He sees past the tattoos and piercings. He sees her.
But they both have secrets capable of destroying their relationship. And if Taylor’s past ever catches up with her, the consequences could be deadly.
Due to explicit language, sexual content, and dark themes, reader discretion is advised.


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I stepped backward as he came closer until my back hit the tiled wall. This was it. Whatever was about to happen would make Ethan and me definite. We’d be together, or all hope I had for the two of us would be gone.
Ethan sucked on his bottom lip, his eyes full of torment. “You wouldn’t talk to me.”
I swallowed. He had this way of making me think he could see all of me, every part I hid, every flaw I had, every dream I didn’t dare believe in, like he worshipped it because it was mine. “I screwed up.”
He shook his head as he stepped closer, took the net out of my hand, and placed it on the side of the pool. “No, you didn’t.”
He stood in front of me, staring into my eyes. I couldn’t look away. I didn’t want to look away. There was nothing but Ethan and me in the water with the vibrations of anticipation flowing through my veins, feeding an energy to my body so intense I could only stand frozen. His gaze shifted to my mouth, and I licked my lips.
“Taylor, I…I’m going to kiss you,” he said softly. “I want you to remember how good it feels. I need you to remember that before we talk.” His hands ran up and down my arms as his eyes bore into mine. “Okay?”
I did not need a reminder of how perfect everything in the world was when we kissed, but I sure as hell wasn’t going to argue. The ability to speak escaped me, but I nodded. He leaned toward me and my heart slammed in my chest as he brushed his fingers over my lips. “So beautiful,” he whispered, more to himself than me.


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Did you always wanted to be a writer? If not what did you want to be?

I wanted to be a librarian as a kid. So, my goals were always book related, even then!

When did you first consider yourself a “writer”?

When I started writing every day and made the decision to publish my work.

How long did it take to get your first book published?

This is my first publication, but it’s my second book. I’ve been writing seriously for about a year and a half. The first book I wrote, Beyond Repair, will be published in the fall, right around the two year mark!

Do you do another job except for writing and can you tell us more about it?

 I stay home with my two kids. My goal is to be able to write full-time once they are both in elementary school.

What is the name of your latest book, and if you had to summarize it in less than 20 words what would you say?

The book is called Insignificant. Polar opposites fall in love. His secret and her deadly past can destroy their relationship… or kill them.

Who is your publisher? Or do you self-publish?

 I self-publish.

How long does it usually take you to write a book, from the original idea to finishing writing it?

With editing, about eight months. I only have about two hours a day to write if I’m lucky. I’m hoping to get more time in the fall, so hopefully I’ll be a little faster!

What can we expect from you in the future?  ie More books of the same genre? Books of a different genre?

 I have a stand-alone contemporary romance novel called Beyond Repair coming out in the fall, and my next novel after that will be AJ’s story, Incomplete. I’m also working on an anthology with some of my writer friends.

What genre would you place your books into?

 The Goldenrod books will all fall under Romantic Suspense. I will be releasing a stand-alone book in the fall that will be a straight-up Contemporary Romance.

What made you decide to write that genre of book?

I didn’t decide! I had a rough idea of my characters, and I just started writing. I started to really like one of the supporting characters, AJ, and realized a story I had in my head for a few years was a good fit for him. Taylor’s story started to link with his, so before I knew it, my romance story was getting much darker.

Do you have a favorite character from your books? And why are they your favorite?

 I really can’t pick one, and that’s my fault. I intentionally wrote all of the members of Goldenrod as characters I like, because I can’t get in someone’s head if I don’t like them. Before I realized this would be a series, I wrote two of the members (Ben and Jason) as total jerks, and had to change them once I knew I’d have to write from their viewpoints in the future!

As I wrote from Taylor’s view, I saw everything she loves about Ethan, so I like him a lot too.

How long have you been writing? Who or what inspired you to write?

 I remember making up stories and telling them to my friends in Kindergarten. Throughout my life, people always laughed about me spacing out, when really I was making up stories in my head. So I have to say I’m not inspired by anything in particular to write, it’s just how I’m wired.

I started writing things down on and off from elementary school throughout high school, but stopped in college. A couple of years after I graduated, I started missing it and began writing the beginning of stories down again. I would always delete whatever I wrote when I was finished. In 2013, I made a goal to finish an entire story without erasing it. I did it, and moved on to Insignificant. Now that I’m committed to writing, I wish I didn’t procrastinate for so many years.

Do you have a certain routine you have for writing? ie You listen to music, sit in a certain chair?

 No music for me, it’s too distracting! I need quiet, so I usually don’t write until after everyone in my house is asleep. My dream is to one day have full days to write so I don’t fall asleep at my computer every night.

And I sit on my couch with my computer on my lap. Maybe someday I’ll get a desk.

Do you read all the reviews of your book/books?

This is my first published book, and I plan to.

Do you choose a title first, or write the book then choose the title?

 Ask any of my critique partners, and they will tell you I’m horrible at titles and constantly change them. They talked me into keeping this one, and I’m going to try and keep the words that start with “in” theme for this series (AJ’s story will be called Incomplete).

How do you come up with characters names and place names in your books?

 I got Taylor’s name off a street sign, and the other guys in the band all have names I just like. I needed to list a bunch of restaurants in one chapter of Insignificant, and named them all after my critique partners. In Beyond Repair, the male main character is named after my brother’s pet mouse when we were kids.

Are character names and place names decided after their creation? Or do you pick a character/place name and then invent them?

 I create them first and then the name comes.

Do you decide on character traits (ie shy, quiet, tomboy girl) before writing the whole book or as you go along? Before, and I usually have a very small idea of something from their past that makes them interesting. Other than that, everything else comes to me as I write, including huge chunks of the plot.

Are there any hidden messages or morals contained in your books? (Morals as in like Aesops Fables type of "The moral of this story is..").

Nope, I am way to shallow for that.

Which format of book do you prefer, eBook, hardback, or paperback?

 I read fast and I travel a lot, so I love eBooks! And the best thing ever is one-clicking and getting the book right away!

Do you think books transfer to movies well? Which is you favorite/worst book to movie transfer?

 Sometimes they do. I’d have to say the Harry Potter movies are my favorite, even though I felt the need to point out everything that was left out as I watched them the first time. I was disappointed with the Odd Thomas movie.

Your favorite food is?

Pizza

Your favorite singer/group is?

 Weezer

Your favorite color is?

 I have two- purple and blue!


 
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Kelly Lincoln is pretty lame but she’s okay with that. She enjoys reading, inappropriate jokes, all things Disney, and spending time with her family. She lives in the northeast and drinks way too much Diet Coke.
For character bios, playlists, and news about upcoming releases, please visit www.kellylincoln.com. You can also find Kelly when she’s avoiding writing on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/AuthorKellyLincoln?ref=aymt_homepage_panel or on Twitter @KLincolnWrites.
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Monday, June 29, 2015

Book Blast, Giveaway & Interview: Lip Service by @Adele_Downs

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Adele Downs

Print Length: 116 pages

Publisher: Boroughs Publishing Group

Release Date: April 27, 2015

ASIN: B00WT1EA2W

Genre: Hot contemporary romance

Book Description:

Getting Between Jack…

Orphaned at a young age, Legs Anderson owes her Aunt Ada everything. The stoic old lady raised her, and Ada’s warnings about men—and the Harris boys in particular—have stuck, even after her death. Of course, that could be because Ada stuck around, too.

…And His Legs

Patience is not one of Jack Harris’ virtues, and he’s waited too long to start a life with the woman he’s loved since childhood instead of them just knocking boots. Now Ada is interfering from beyond the grave, haunting the old Victorian house she bequeathed to her niece and reinforcing Legs’s fears of commitment.

But Jack won’t give up. No matter what trouble may follow, the house will be renovated, Ada will learn to let go, Legs will put her money where her mouth is… then Jack’ll put his lips everywhere else.

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"Move in with me, dammit. You’re the most stubborn woman I ever knew.”

Legs topped his coffee cup with fresh brew, easy as you please. “No more stubborn than you, since you keep askin’ the same old question. I have my own place.”

Jack frowned and stabbed his egg yolks, making them run. “Then let me live with you.”

“In my aunt’s house?” Legs asked like he was crazy.

“It’s your house now.”

“I’m trying to fix it up. I have to patch and paint. There’s no room for your things.”

“I’ll help you and then you’ll have plenty of space for me. And my stuff.”

Her ponytail shook with her reply. “Ada won’t like it. She’ll think it’s immoral.”

Jack leaned forward. “You talk about her like she’s still with us. She’s been gone over a year, sweetheart.” His voice dropped an octave and his brow creased. “Don’t you think she’d give in after all this time?”

Legs wrinkled her nose. “No. She thinks you’re a wanderer.”

Jack tossed down his fork. “I own a sporting goods store! I go fishing!”

He touched her hand when she got close enough and drew little circles around her wrist bone with a fingertip. The preschool teachers from Let’s Explore stifled sighs at the next table. “It’s time to let go, darlin’.” His expression turned earnest. “She raised you, I know. But I want to be with you now. It’s time to let me in.”

“Not if it means letting her go. I’m sorry, Jack. I just can’t do that to her.”

Jack sighed and returned to his breakfast. “We’ll talk about this again tomorrow.”

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When did you first consider yourself a “writer”?

I’ve been writing stories since I was a child. I’ve been published since I was nineteen, although I wrote exclusively for newspapers and magazines until twelve years ago, when I made the transition to fiction and completed my first novel. I published erotic romance under another pen name for several years with publishers whose names you’d recognize, before making the switch to mainstream stories as Adele Downs.

Do you do another job except for writing and can you tell us more about it?

I write full-time. Publishing has been my career since 2006, when I sold my first novel.

What is the name of your latest book, and if you had to summarize it in less than 20 words what would you say?

LIP SERVICE is my new release. Jack Harris has loved Legs Anderson since they were kids. Now that he has her in his bed, he has no intention of letting her go. Aunt Ada has other ideas, even from the grave.

Who is your publisher? Or do you self-publish?

My publisher is Boroughs Publishing.

What can we expect from you in the future?  ie More books of the same genre? Books of a different genre?

I do have more books in the pipeline with my current publisher and am working on other books that are in various stages of completion. For a complete list of my published titles, please visit my Amazon Author Central page. All of my books are contemporary; but some feature cowboys, or firefighters and paramedics, and another has a Viking hero.

What genre would you place your books into?

My books are contemporary romance, some with a touch of magic or paranormal elements, like LIP SERVICE. I like to think our ordinary world contains a touch of magic.

What made you decide to write that genre of book?

I grew up in a household filled with books. My father read science fiction and thrillers exclusively and I believe his influence shaped my own tastes. I’ve never been much of a science fiction fan (sorry!) but I love thrillers and suspense novels. When I’m not reading romance, I’m reading thrillers and mysteries.

Do you have a favorite character from your books? And why are they your favorite?

The characters in my latest release are always my favorites. They are the hero and heroine commanding my full attention, though I love all the characters in my books.

Do you have a certain routine you have for writing? ie You listen to music, sit in a certain chair?

I’m fortunate to have an office inside my home where I can close the door, sit at my desk in my comfy desk chair, and write in peace and quiet. When I’m writing, I don’t like distractions, including music. When my characters are inside my head, I see and hear nothing else but them while I transcribe their story.

Do you read all the reviews of your book/books?

LOL. I usually do, yes.

Do you choose a title first, or write the book then choose the title?

Titles usually come organically while the story is being written. A phrase, symbol, or theme generates the title.

How do you come up with characters names and place names in your books?

Character names are important because they need to fit each character’s personality. I give a lot of thought to my character names. The heroine of LIP SERVICE, Linda Anderson, a.k.a. Legs Anderson, is a perfect example. You’ll have to read the book to find out why. J

Are character names and place names decided after their creation? Or do you pick a character/place name and then invent them?

The names and traits of my characters are developed in character studies before I begin writing my books. Each character is fully described physically and emotionally, including their front and back stories, until I can see them clearly in my mind. Once I know my characters, I develop their plotlines. The story twists and turns usually come organically after my characters become animated.

Which format of book do you prefer, eBook, hardback, or paperback?

I read almost exclusively on my Kindle, but I also like to read the occasional mass market or trade paperback. My own books are published digitally, but LIP SERVICE will also be available by print on demand.

What is your favorite book and Why?  Have you read it more than once?

Memoirs of a Geisha by Arthur Golden is my favorite book. The writing is lyrical and the story is riveting.

Your favorite food is?

Chocolate

Your favorite color is?

 Red

Your favorite Author is?

 I honestly can’t choose one. There are several wonderful romance and thriller writers whose work I enjoy.

 

 

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Adele Downs writes Contemporary Romance inside the office of her rural Pennsylvania home. She is a former journalist, published in newspapers and magazines in the USA, UK and Caribbean.

Adele is an active member of Romance Writers of America and her local RWA chapter where she serves as past-president. She has written several articles for RWR magazine (Romance Writers Report), and she has presented workshops for writers.

When Adele isn’t working on her current project, she can be found riding in her convertible or reading a book on the nearest beach.

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Book Blast, Giveaway & Interview: Stolen Art by Ruth Silver @writeawaybliss @sparklebooktour

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Stolen Art by Ruth Silver
 
Audience: Young Adult - Genre: Science Fiction - Format: eBook - Publisher: Lazy Day Publishing - Cover by: Lazy Day Publishing - Editor: Lazy Day Publishing - ISBN: 9781627508025 - ASIN: B00WTP8GQY - Date Published: April 28, 2015
 

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Sixteen-year-old Madeline has been living on the streets, refusing to be part of the foster system. Biding her time until she's eighteen, with little to no money, she takes on a heist in hopes of making ends meet. What could possibly go wrong?
Everything.
Getting caught is just the beginning of Madeline's adventure as she meets Weston and discovers the secret of where she came from. A dark and sinister past begins to emerge, and forces Madeline to come face to face with the unexpected.
Is it possible that she isn't who she thought she was? What happens when she is has to accept the reality of what is actually real?
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I rush back up the dark stairwell, shoving the key into the doorknob. It takes a minute for the lock to click and I push myself inside the apartment, securing every lock and deadbolt. I can’t stay here in Hutchinson, Kansas any longer. Pulling my phone from my purse, I text Weston.
Tatiana is here. It’s not safe for me.
I grab the few belongings that have any value to me, sentimental or otherwise, and shove it into my shoulder bag, including the stolen silver necklace. It has value and if I’m forced on the run, I’ll need money to survive.
I know.
What did Weston mean he knew Tatiana is at the bar? Had he seen her? Is he there?
What do you mean, you know? I type into the phone. If he saw her, why didn’t he warn me? I can’t go down out the front door and it’s only a matter of time until she finds me just a few feet away. I grow restless waiting for an answer.
The phone buzzes and displays an incoming call from Weston. "Wes, tell me you’re here." The only thing to do is hop in his car and drive into the night, far from Kansas.
A female’s voice bubbles with laughter. "Oh he’s coming darling, but you should know he won’t get here in time. Amazing how easy it is to clone a phone number and steal his service. The advancements Stem Tech has made is encouraging."

 


 

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Did you always wanted to be a writer? If not what did you want to be?

I never considered writing as a career when I was younger, but I did love writing. I majored in communication, and wanted to run a television network! That way I could decide what shows were on. Realistically though, I ran my own photography studio for a few years, photographing weddings and children's portraits, until I was professionally published. Now I write full-time

How long did it take to get your first book published?

About three months. I sent it to quite a few publishers and agents. I had two publishers make me an offer, I went with Lazy Day Publishing.

What is the name of your latest book, and if you had to summarize it in less than 20 words what would you say?

Stolen Art - Conspiracies, kidnappings, secrets. If you like science fiction then get ready to love Stolen Art.

Who is your publisher? Or do you self-publish?

My publisher for Stolen Art is Lazy Day Publishing. I also am with Booktrope and Blushing Books.

What can we expect from you in the future?  ie More books of the same genre? Books of a different genre?

Lately I've been writing adult romance under the pen name, Ravyn Rayne.

What genre would you place your books into?

Science Fantasy. A lot of my books have fantastical elements in addition to science fiction. Stolen Art is a little more sci-fi based with less fantasy. It's rooted in today's society which makes it a little more shocking.

Do you choose a title first, or write the book then choose the title?

I definitely write the book first before choosing a title. Sometimes it comes midway through the book. Other times it's after the novel is written and I'm still coming up with a title.

Which format of book do you prefer, eBook, hardback, or paperback?

I love paperback books, especially when it comes to getting an author to sign it. You can't do that with an eBook. (And sadly no, Authorgraph doesn't have the same appeal to me).

What is your favorite book and Why?  Have you read it more than once?

I love The Fault in Our Stars by John Green. Yes, I've read it twice.

Your favorite singer/group is?

Katy Perry but I also like Taylor Swift.

Your favorite Author is?

John Green

Do you prefer to write in the morning or at night?

Definitely the morning. I try and write during typical business hours. It doesn't always work that way, but if you set your mind to something and have a goal in mind, it's often attainable.

What are you currently reading?

I just bought In the Palace of Lazar by Alta Hensley. I'm looking forward to starting that one tonight.

Favorite place you've traveled?

Melbourne, Australia.

Where do you want to travel?

Paris, France. 

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